Last night I read a fascinating article by an extremely well informed guy. He has been a Concealed Weapon instructor, worked extensively with military and law enforcement, and studied “the heck out of actual events”. He has “heard every argument relating to gun control possible.”
Here are some extracts from a long, thorough article:
“The single best way to respond to a mass shooter is with an immediate, violent response. The vast majority of the time, as soon as a mass shooter meets serious resistance, it bursts their fantasy world bubble. Then they kill themselves or surrender. This has happened over and over again.”
“Police are awesome. I love working with cops. However any honest cop will tell you that when seconds count they are only minutes away. … in some cases that means the bad guys can have ten, fifteen, even twenty minutes to do horrible things with nobody effectively fighting back.”
“The average number of people shot in a mass shooting event when the shooter is stopped by law enforcement: 14. The average number of people shot in a mass shooting event when the shooter is stopped by civilians: 2.5. The reason is simple. The armed civilians are there when it started.”
“Best case scenario, they [teachers and staff] engage and stop the attacker, or it bursts his fantasy bubble and he commits suicide. Worst case scenario, the armed staff provides a distraction, and while he’s concentrating on killing them, he’s not killing more children.”
“I personally taught several hundred teachers. I quickly discovered that pretty much every single school in my state had at least one competent, capable, smart, willing individual.”
“I met hundreds and hundreds of teachers, students, and staff. All of them were responsible adults who understood that they were stuck in target rich environments filled with defenseless innocents. Whether they liked it or not, they were the first line of defense.”
Gun Free Zones
“Gun Free Zones are hunting preserves for innocent people. Period.
“Think about it. You are a violent, homicidal madman, looking to make a statement and hoping to go from disaffected loser to most famous person in the world. The best way to accomplish your goals is to kill a whole bunch of people. So where’s the best place to go shoot all these people? Obviously, it is someplace where nobody can shoot back.”
“Over the last fifty years, with only one single exception (Gabby Giffords), every single mass shooting event with more than four casualties has taken place in a place where guns were supposedly not allowed.”
He goes on to discuss every single argument I have heard. Anyone who is serious about solving the problem, and not just succumbing to the idea that we must “do something” whether or not it works, should read the whole thing.